About the Band
Located in Porto, the BANDA SINFÓNICA PORTUGUESA (BSP) had its presentation concert on January 1, 2005, in Rivoli, Teatro Municipal do Porto. Its first CD was also recorded there. BSP has since received from Culturporto and, later, PortoLazer significant support to disseminate and expand its project. In April 2010, BSP released the album "A Portuguesa" (The Portuguese) which contains exclusively pieces by Portuguese composers featured in a concert held in the auditorium of the Faculty of Engineering of Porto. Since then, four other CDs have been recorded, in 2011 (Traveler), 2012 (Hamlet), 2013 (Oasis), 2014 (Grand Concerto pour Orchestra d'Harmonie) and 2015 (Roman Trilogy of Ottorino Respighi). A seventh CD it was recorded in 2015 about new Portuguese compositions.
From January 2007, BSP has been invited by the Fundação Casa da Música (Porto) to perform regularly at the Guilhermina Suggia Concert Hall, where a set of original works by Portuguese and foreign composers, several of them on first hearing, has been played.
BSP promotes, in most of its concerts, the presentation of talented national and international soloists. Some presentations also include the participation of several choirs of the city of Porto.
Other aims of BSP are the educational initiative to organise Instrument Masterclasses, with renowned artistic merit teachers, and Band Management Programmes, counting already sixteen editions, coordinated by prestigious conductors such as Marcel van Bree, Jan Cober (Netherlands), Douglas Bostock (England), José Rafael Vilaplana (Spain) and Eugene Corporon (USA).
Furthermore, internationally renowned conductors such as the above mentioned Jan Cober, Douglas Bostock, José Rafael Vilaplana, and Eugene Corporon, in addition to Alex Schillings, directed BSP with great success, having considered this project extraordinary and of enormous cultural wealth to Portugal. Moreover, BSP has received so far the best reviews not only from the general public, but also from prestigious national and foreign musicians. Portuguese conductors such as Fernando Marinho, Luís Carvalho, Avelino Ramos, António Costa, Alberto Roque, Pedro Neves, José Eduardo Gomes and Hélder Tavares have also directed BSP.
BSP has performed in the major Portuguese theatres, as well as in neighboring Spain at Teatro Monumental de Madrid (RTVE) and also in the cities of Pontevedra, La Coruña, Ávila, Llíria, Lleganés. In addition, BSP participated in the International Exhibitions of Boqueixón and Vila de Cruces, in Spain too.
In April 2008, BSP won the first prize at the II International Contest of Bands of La Senia (Spain), in the first section, and, in October 2011, it won the 60th anniversary edition of the World Music Contest in Kerkrade (Netherlands), an event considered by many as “the world championship of bands”. BSP won in the top category (Concert Division), with the highest score of all editions.
In Mars 2014, BSP held its first intercontinental tour, performing five concerts in China, in the cities of Hangzhou, Jiangyin, Shaoxing, Ningbo and Jiaxing.
BSP is a non-profit cultural association, supported by Academia de Música de Costa Cabral, a school specialized in music education, and by DGArtes, Ministry of Culture.
Francisco Ferreira is the conductor in charge of the artistic direction of BSP since its founding.